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Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More

Self-Care: Getting Mentally Prepared for a New School Year

By The Room 241 Team August 3, 2018

Entering a new school year can be stressful and daunting. The long summer days are winding down and back-to-school anxiety starts to creep in. But with a little mindfulness and intention — and some great advice from Concordia University-Portland Cavaliers — you can start off the new school year right! The power of intention “Our… Read More

We all know that healthy eating, sufficient sleep, and work breaks are good practices. But how do we truly break through our habits and start a teacher self-care practice that actually sticks? Summer is a perfect time to get going on a self-care journey that lasts. Here’s some helpful advice and practical tools to build… Read More

Summer “Vacation” To-Do List for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team July 13, 2018

Picture it: a teacher hovering over a lukewarm microwavable meal while making copies and simultaneously grading this week’s essays. It’s summer, so that overworked teacher is surely relaxing poolside somewhere, right? Wrong. While many think teachers “get summers off,” most of us are extremely busy planning lessons or attending professional development sessions and conferences. Here’s… Read More

Teaching is one of the most taxing professions because educators give so much of their time and energy to their work. Frequently used terms like “burnout” can imply that teachers simply can’t handle their workload or aren’t measuring up to expectations. Doris Santoro of Bowdoin College and author of Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession… Read More

10 Easy Stress-Relief Yoga Poses to Prevent Teacher Burnout

By The Room 241 Team June 21, 2018

Teaching is a tough profession. Heavy workloads, challenging students, and lack of support are just some of the issues today’s teachers have to handle. Many educators choose their career because they feel it’s their calling, but that makes them more susceptible to compassion fatigue and burnout. A recent study finds that higher rates of burnout… Read More

Celebrating Teachers Making a Difference

By The Room 241 Team May 7, 2018

Almost every teacher will tell you that they didn’t choose their profession for the spotlight. For many teachers, their greatest successes are seemingly small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection that happen with their students in the classroom every day. Still, these teachers are making an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging… Read More

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11, and that means it’s time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our nation’s awesome teachers. There is nothing like a heartfelt thank you from a student, parent, or colleague. So we’re sharing some teacher-appreciation favorites, along with great gift ideas for the special educators in… Read More

Houston Educators Unite: Community, Support, Advancement

By Kara Wyman, MEd April 17, 2018

It’s rare that we get to connect with other educators outside of our staff rooms, schools, and districts. Concordia University-Portland believes in the power of community, in valuing educators’ voices and expertise, celebrating our hard work, and helping each other and our communities advance. That’s why we helped our Houston-based MEd and EdD students and… Read More

Mindfulness Training Tips for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team April 4, 2018

You already have a host of mindfulness activities for the classroom in your toolkit, but what about tips for helping you—the educator—be more present in the moment? Have you ever tried to meditate, or practice mindfulness yourself? To learn what it takes (and how to do it), we talked with two mindfulness pros over at… Read More

Health Tips for Teachers, by Teachers

By The Room 241 Team March 22, 2018

We all know it’s important to live a healthy, balanced life, but what does that actually look like day-to-day as a teacher? Since March is National Nutrition Month, we asked some of Concordia’s MEd and EdD students and alums to share health tips that work for them in and out of their classrooms. Plan ahead… Read More

Schools may still have desks and students may still have notebooks, but a lot has changed in classrooms over the last 50 years! With “innovation” being a word we take very seriously here at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education, we decided to take a trip down Memory Lane. Here’s a look at some of the… Read More

This week, March 5-9, is National School Breakfast Week. As teachers, we often tell our students that breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day. But… raise your hand if you sometimes skip it yourself. We wake up super early, gather our things, and head to school for long days of teaching—it’s… Read More

Educator Wellness: Self-Care in a Selfless Field

By Lilla Dale McManis, PhD January 16, 2018

If you fly with any regularity, you’re likely very familiar with the flight attendant’s instructions to place the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting children. The reason, of course, is that you can’t do a very good job if you don’t take care of yourself first. Particularly in challenging situations, this is absolutely vital. Teaching… Read More

The holidays are over and school is back in session in a matter of days. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and to plan for the year ahead—new year, new you, right? Here are some attainable New Year’s resolutions nearly every teacher can appreciate, as told through gifs. What will your resolution… Read More